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Bharathiar University offers New Degree Courses in Civil Services
Bharathiar University will offer B.A. and M.A. degree programmes in civil services from the coming academic year, Vice-Chancellor G. Thiruvasagam told a press conference here on Saturday.
The programme, the first of its kind in the State, would be offered at the university for postgraduates, while the undergraduate programmes would be offered in colleges.
This was decided at the Standing Committee for Academic Affairs of the university that met on Friday.
“The number of aspirants going in for civil services is very poor. One reason is they do not get time to attend coaching classes. The other is that it involves expenditure. A full-time degree programme will address both issues. The programme will be continuous and also cost-effective,” the Vice-Chancellor said.
Part of the syllabus had been chalked out with the help of Karur Collector T.N. Venkatesh. A syllabus monitoring committee, comprising Mr. Venkatesh, V. Irai Anbu, and C. Shailendra Babu, from the administration and police, would be formed.
Twenty-five per cent of the syllabus would be covered by academic staff and the rest handled by experts from civil service coaching institutes and officials from government departments.
Mr. Thiruvasagam also announced the setting up of a Civil Services Coaching Centre at the Nirmala College for Women, with a grant of Rs.2.64 lakh from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. It would start functioning from May.
The centre would offer coaching along with a stipend to unemployed graduates aspiring to appear for the civil services examinations. “To start with, there will be 40 seats. The stipend for outstation candidates will be Rs.1,500 and local candidates, Rs. 750 a month.
The coaching will be for six months. Candidates will be selected on the basis of merit and economic status,” he said.
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